Minneapolis, Kansas: Rock City
Rock City Park
- 1051 Ivy Rd, Minneapolis, KS
- Rock City Park. Three miles southwest of town. I-70 exit 250B, then north on US Hwy 81 for ten miles. Turn left (west) onto Hwy 18/Dove Rd for four miles, then right (north) onto Hwy 106/N. 110th Rd for five miles, then left onto Ivy Rd for one mile.
- May-Sept daily 9 am to 5 pm. (Call to verify)
- Adults $3.00
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
A strange field of strange boulders -- 200 sandstone concretions -- and a popular stop to wear out children. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Rock City
An amazing place to visit. However, the 1051 Ivy Road address when entered into a GPS does not take you to the correct location.[Kristin, 12/31/2012]
Street addresses of attractions sometimes discombobulate modern GPS devices. The text directions might help (or try in the GPS with a nearby cross street, such as Ivy Rd and North 105th Rd).
Bring a picnic lunch and a couple nerf guns or a flag to be captured![Naomi Haverland, 11/25/2012]
What a great place to explore our earth's geology! The gift shop had a free brochure explaining what these concretions are and how they came to be. Looking out over the Kansas terrain, you see flat land... and then these sandstone concretions pop up in a area about the size of a couple of football fields. You are amazed; how did they happen to be here, what are they, why aren't they anywhere else, how in the world? For a mere $3 you can have the adventure of discovery (and jaw-dropping amazement), learn Kansas history, feel how rough the surfaces are, walk on nice trails, picnic in a gazebo. The only thing commercial about this place is the little gift shop, and it's closed after Labor Day (There is a slot to deposit the fee.).
Great photo ops, great hide and seek, great day. I'll go again and take a picnic lunch and closed-toed shoes.[Anita, 09/16/2012]
On a peaceful hilltop overlooking the Solomon River valley in north central Kansas, in an area of cedar trees and bluestem grasses, loom nearly 200 mysterious spheres of Dakota sandstone.These rare concretions, ranging up to 27 feet in diameter, have been designated a National Natural Landmark. This is the only place on Earth to see such a large number of these unique geological oddities. A side trip here is well worth your time. A modest entry fee helps the largely volunteer staff maintain the site.[Tom Landers, 05/22/2006]